Are you looking to become more active or increase your physical activity but don’t know where to start? If Yes you have come to the right place.
There are lots of people just like you who are now enjoying getting out, having fun and leading more active lives thanks to the classes and activities, we offer throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
With a range of activities in your local community, including specialist classes for people with medical conditions there has never been a better time to become more active. Simply call 0141 232 1860 or browse this website and we’ll help you chose the right one for you. Or you can speak to your health professional to find out which is best for you.
Choose from our four great options – Live Active, Vitality, Health Walks or General Physical Activity Options – with each offering something different there’s bound to be one which meets your needs.
What counts as physical activity?
Physical activity is simply any kind of activity or movement that we do in our day-to-day lives. It includes a whole range of activities from structured sport and exercise programmes, to dance, housework, gardening and things like walking around the shops. You don’t need to run a marathon or be a sports star to gain benefits from an active lifestyle; any activity which makes you breathe a bit faster, feel a bit warmer and raises your heart rate can help you to lead a healthier, and even happier, life.
Why should I be active?
Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health and wellbeing. Even if you’ve not thought of getting active before there are lots of reasons why you might consider it:
- It can be fun!
- Helps you manage stress and gives you the feel good factor
- Can help you maintain your independence, keep your mind active and have a great social life
- It prevents and manages a range of conditions and diseases
- It can make you live longer
- It Improves your sleep
- Can help you maintain a healthy weight
- You can learn new skills
- It can give you more energy
Most people are more likely to stay active, if they choose activities they enjoy and that fits into their lifestyle easily. We have a range of options for you to choose from which can support you in becoming more active.
This popular video “23 and 1/2 hours” by Dr Mike Evans, with over 5 million views on YouTube, talks about the many benefits of being more active in an engaging and informative way.
Related internet links:
- Benefit from activity (This website shows how being active can improve your health and reduce your risk of developing a number of health problems. It’s full of useful advice for everyone, whether you have a medical condition or not. Being more active is good for all of us! )
Your aim is to:
- Build up to being active for 150 minutes spread across the week (for example 30minutes on 5 days of the week) but remember something is better than nothing. Try to be active daily, start small and build up gradually – just 10 minutes at a time provides benefits.
- Try to move more often and break up the time that you spend sitting down when you can.
- Take part in activities which make your muscles, joints and bones strong twice per week. This could be anything which uses your body weight, added weights or resistance, e.g. yoga, carrying groceries, gardening or exercising with weights
What are my options?
Live Active – if you need some support to become more active
If you are currently not active, not sure where to start and would like a bit of extra support then Live Active is for you!
Please take a look at the following clip which shows you what Live Active is all about. You can also read testimonials from other Live Active service users.
What some of our some of our service users have said about Live Active
Janet Fitzpatrick, age 55 – Clydebank
“I started Live Active in October 2018 and my life has changed for the better. I would never have tried a gym or classes if it wasn’t for the help and support I got. I started with Diane’s supervised gym sessions and attended her Vitality classes, now I have build my confidence to try things like hips, bums and tums and Aqua Aerobics. My main focus was to improve on my diabetes and lose weight. I have managed to control my diabetes better and dropped 2 dress sizes and feeling much healthier and mentally better too. Not to mention doing simple daily tasks like taking the stairs is much easier for me.
Would recommend Live Active for people looking for that extra support to get started.”
Hugh McMullen, age 71 – Bishopbriggs
“My Live Active Referral helped me to increase my confidence after my knee replacement. The supervised gym sessions provided great company, a friendly atmosphere, and complimented my physiotherapy exercises perfectly.”
Betty, 56 – Kelvin Hall
“I had put on 5 stone since the death of my daughter and ended up with low mood and anxiety. I felt I had to do something about it so my doctor referred me. There have been great benefits… a few examples are I am healthier and more mobile. I feel part of a group when in the classes – this has been a big benefit in my confidence growing I am not as anxious anymore. I have also lost nearly 6 stone. Fitness is now a way of life for me and I can’t imagine not doing it now. I can’t believe I came from coach potato to going to the gym 3-4 times a week – my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner!”
Through the support of our highly trained and qualified Live Active Advisors, we’ll help you build the confidence you need to make positive lifestyle changes. We’ll work with you to develop a support package which is right for you, provide you with one-to-one catch-ups, supported activity sessions and encourage you to set goals, which will leave you feeling great and ensure you’re getting the most out of life.
Over the course of a 12 month period you will be assigned a dedicated Live Active Advisor who is there every step of the way to help and support you to become more active. A referral form from your health professional is needed for you to attend Live Active – this just gives the Advisors information that they need to be aware of before they have a chat with you such as medical history.
The referral form should be sent to the Leisure Centre you wish to attend. Live Active operates at all main Leisure Centres across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Once the Live Active Advisor receives your referral form they shall give you a call to book you in for your first appointment. But if your health professional has already referred you and you haven’t heard anything within 2 weeks then please call 0141 232 1860 and select Live Active to book in for your first appointment.
Your first appointment will last about an hour and don’t worry you wont be doing any exercise at this first session. This appointment is just to meet your Live Active Advisor and have a chat about what you would like to do and to set a plan to work towards. The Advisor will also show you round the centre so you know where everything is (if you need to) and make sure you have everything you need to get started.
Whether it’s increasing physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss or simply living a more positive lifestyle, our Live Active advisors are with you every step of the way. At Live Active you’ll be given access to various activities if you want including; Vitality classes, supervised gym sessions, swimming, health walks and many more.
Your advisor will also be in touch regularly throughout the 12months (either by telephone or face-to-face catch ups) to see how you are getting on. The advisors also provide supervised activity sessions in the gym during the week so that you know they are there on hand if you need them with your gym programme.
The one to one support from the Live Active Advisor is free for the 12months and all you have to do is pay for the activities you choose to take part in. Costs vary and your advisor can give you more details about these.
If you would like to take part in Live Active please speak to your health professional who will complete a referral form and make arrangements to book you in for you free consultation.
Or if you have already been referred but still waiting to hear from the Live Active team please call 0141 232 1860 and select the Live Active option to speak to an Advisor who will be able to book you in for your first appointment.
Data collection and privacy
The data collected is done so in line with our privacy notice for patients. Please read our data protection and privacy information in full before signing a referral form. The privacy notice sets out the legal basis for processing this data, how long we will keep your data for, how we protect your personal information, and your rights in relation to the personal data that we hold on you.
For more information about Live Active within your local area please visit your Local Authority website:
Vitality Exercise Classes – Ideal for those with medical conditions
Vitality exercise classes are specially designed for people living with a range of medical conditions, such as; Parkinson’s disease, MS, Stroke, Cardiac Conditions, Osteoporosis, Cognitive impairments and COPD. Vitality is also ideal for those of you who have a fear of falling or find your strength and balance is starting to impact on your daily lives.
Our welcoming and supportive instructors will improve your confidence to join in, get active and start to lead a fuller, more independent life.
Please take a look at the following clip which shows you what Vitality exercise classes are all about.
We will help you choose a Vitality class that best suits your needs, making sure you are safe, comfortable and above all else having fun. Before you know it, you’ll be joining in, having a laugh and really feeling the difference.
There are over one hundred classes per week in various Leisure Centres and Community Centres throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde and classes last for approximately 60 minutes.
Costs varies depending on Local Authority – when you call 0141 232 1860 they will be able to inform you of the exact costs.
If you would like to come along to a Vitality Class all you need to do is call 0141 232 1860 and select the Vitality option. Here they will be able to advise you to which class is best, inform you of the days and times of when they are on and book you in (if need be) for your first session.
All we ask is that you attend your first class 10-15 minutes before it starts so you can meet the instructor and discuss your specific needs.
For more information about Vitality within your local area please visit our Local Authority website:
Everyone can take part in our walks. They’re easy, you don’t need fancy equipment and they won’t cost you a penny.
Health walks are a great way of meeting people, and getting out and taking in the sights of your local parks and gardens. They’re great fun and our walk leaders are on hand to encourage you to go at a pace you’re comfortable with.
Walks usually last up to. 1 hour and with over 75walks taking place each week there’s bound to be one to suit you.
Take the first steps to becoming more active!
Please take a look at the following clip which shows you what our health walks are all about
There’s no need to book a place, simply call 0141 232 1860 and select the Walking option to find out more about your nearest walk.
You can also visit your Local Authority or partner organisation website to find out more about health walks in your area:
General Physical Activity Opportunities
In addition our six Local Authority partners have a range of general physical activity opportunities available such as gym facilities, swimming and a range of exercise classes. There’s literally something for everyone.
Costs vary depending on activity and local authority area. For more information please just call 0141 232 1860 and select General Physical Activity Opportunities.
If you would like to know what other activities are on in your local area either click on the relevant local authority area below which will take you to their website or call 0141 232 1860 and select General Physical Activity Opportunities to have a chat with someone.
You can also find out more about local physical activity opportunities by visiting your Local Authority website: